Germany plans to present new anti-terror plan
Aug.11, Berlin: Germany is planning to announce new anti-terror measures, following recent attacks linked to Islamist militants. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is expected to call for swifter deportation of criminals and greater use of video surveillance.
There are also plans to ban public wearing of the burka (full veil) and radical Islamist funding of mosques. A possible ban on dual citizenship and easing of medical confidentiality have already prompted heated debate.
"My proposals are limited to the points that can lead to more security rapidly," the minister said. "Other points will be discussed by the parties. We need a workable consensus in the coalition."
German media report that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) - coalition partners of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) - strongly oppose any ban on dual citizenship. The Greens also oppose it.
The security issue has become intensely political, as the country prepares for general elections next year and earlier regional elections.
The Oslo Times International News Network